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Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde Mcphatter

Clyde McPhatterAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Can't Stand Up Alone
2. Seven Days
3. Treasure Of Love
4. Rock And Cry
5. I'm Lonely Tonight
6. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
7. Deep Sea Ball
8. Just To Hold My Hand
9. My Island Of Dreams
10. No Matter What
11. Come What May
12. Lovey Dovey
13. I'm Not Worthy Of You
14. A Lover's Question
15. Thirty Days
16. You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl
17. No Love Like Her Love
18. Long Lonely Nights
19. Since You've Been Gone

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview of classic pop/R&B sides February 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
McPhatter's transition from church music to secular pop infused a gospel energy into his R&B. Beginning with the Dominoes, and later as lead singer of the Drifters, and (as chronicled here) working solo for Atlantic, McPhatter invested himself in a song's lyrics, attaching his sparkling tenor to everything from romantic ballads to rock 'n' roll. The versatility displayed throughout his career is hugely impressive, and the wide range he covered in his years at Atlantic is well represented here.

This 1991 collection, featuring 19 tracks from '55-'59, is an excellent introduction to McPhatter's Atlantic sides. Included is brilliant pop-gospel ("I Can't Stand Up Alone"), indelible torch ballads ("Treasure of Love"), romantic pop ("Just To Hold My Hand"), rock 'n' roll ("Deep Sea Ball") and the chart immortal "A Lover's Question." In between are numerous other hits and lesser-known (but no less noteworthy) singles. Nick Tosches essay and the accompanying photos are fine bonuses, leaving the lack of chronological track ordering as this collection's only major failing.

For those who want a higher track count, Collectible's 26-track two-fer reissue combines the original Atlantic LP's "Love Ballads" and "Clyde," but misses a half-dozen sides here, including essentials like "Treasure of Love" "Without Love (There is Nothing)" and "Deep Sea Ball." The 32 label's double-disc "The Forgotten Angel" takes a broader approach, including earlier work from McPhatter's stint with the Drifters along with Atlantic classics and a handful of live recordings. The double disc drops seven of the tracks included here, including "I'm Lonely Tonight" and "Thirty Days."

In the end it seems to be left to Germany's Bear Family label to provide an all-inclusive anthology of McPhatter's work. In the meantime, this is a terrific sampling.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was His Voice March 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Clyde would have been a superstar if he had been around in the 80's. It was Clyde McPhatters voice that made the strange new stuff called rock'n roll start to happen as early as 1951 when he sang with Billy Ward & The Dominos. Clyde's songs on this collection are most of his best from the Atlantic archives. "Seven Days", "Without Love", "Since You've Been Gone" and "A Lovers Question" show this singers ability and range. If you love R&B from the 50's...This is one of the best to build your collection. Clyde was and will forever be a GREAT R&B SINGER.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clyde crosses over July 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Starting, just like Sam Cooke, with gospel related work, which was very good, Clyde was one of the persons who transformed and built soulmusic as we know it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clyde mcphatter August 29, 2010
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A wonderful set of Mr. Mcphatter's recordings including many of his big hits. Sound quality is excellent and the price is very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased Deep Sea Ball for two tracks that I enjoy very much: I'm Lonely Tonight and You Went Back on Your Word Little Girl. I have all the other songs on other CD's. He is my all time favorite singer. I never tire of listening to his magnificant voice. He is the best. I completely understand why Elvis Presley stated if he had a voice like Clyde McPhtter, he would want for nothing in this world. It pains me that he is no longer around to entertain us LIVE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a unique and stunning voice March 15, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
he was really a talented singer with unique voice and could sing the many kinds of music we like rythm'blues rock ballads and so on.
He remains a source of inspiration for many soul singers such smokey robinson curtis mayfield
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clyde McPhatter's music impresses me so much July 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Clyde McPhatter (November 15, 1932 - June 13, 1972) was a very popular singer in the 1950s who recorded hits and other well done songs; this CD has a great selection of his singles for Atlantic Records from 1955 to 1959. While Clyde is probably best known for his huge hit "A Lover's Question," there was nothing he couldn't sing wonderfully. Early on in life after singing in his parents' church, "McPhatter was lead tenor for The Mount Lebanon Singers, a gospel group he formed as a teenager; and later, lead tenor for Billy Ward and His Dominoes. McPhatter was largely responsible for the success the Dominoes initially enjoyed. After his tenure with the Dominoes, McPhatter formed his own group, The Drifters, before going solo."

Every track's a winner and together they showcase Clyde's vocal prowess and versatility. "I Can't Stand Up Alone" boasts a mix of pop and gospel and then we get one of Clyde's bigger hits, "Seven Days." "Treasure of Love" is another Clyde McPhatter classic; only Clyde could have done this so well. "Rock and Cry" has a Latin touch to enhance it and "I'm Lonely Tonight" is a stunning torch song.

"Without Love There Is Nothing" has a gospel, bluesy feel to it; this is a melancholy song even though the musical arrangement sounds so triumphant; and "Deep Sea Ball" is a fine example of early rock and roll. "Just to Hold My Hand" has Clyde squarely front and center while "My Heart of Dreams" shines bright in Clyde's more than capable hands. "No Matter What" is easy on the ear and "Come What May" gets my feet tapping to the beat every time I hear it! "Lovey Dovey" has a fine musical arrangement to accompany Clyde's singing and I also enjoy the passionate "I'm Not Worthy of You." As always, Clyde's voice sounds so good!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD by Clyde McPhatter
Received it quickly, within two days and I love the CD. The only problems was there are a few small scratches on the cd that apparently cause the first song to skip. Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. RANDALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, Clyde!
The CD arrived in perfect shape, and the listening quality is very good. The song selection is nice and includes the hard to find "I Can't Stand Up Alone," a fine gospel pop number... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by ladyapple27
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Great, Unique Soul Singer Of All Time" (Jerry Wexler)
Born on November 15, 1932 in Durham, North Carolina, Clyde McPhatter was just 14 years old when he formed the Gospel group The Mount Lebanon Singers in 1946. Read more
Published on September 25, 2007 by AvidOldiesCollector
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good and it is
For stuff recorded in the late 40's- 50's this is great. And the urge to tap your feet may turn into an urge to just get up and dance 'cause this stuff is soulful! Read more
Published on March 7, 2006 by Timothy P. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars a lover's question !!no question about it !!
that's right add these lovely jams to your juke box of oldies but goodies n' party on!!this is when r n' b was r n' b honey!!in dover pa.
Published on August 20, 2004 by J. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Ballads is an excellent compilation of McPhatters work.
Needless to say this collection contains some of his greatest work. My favorites are "Let Me Know", "Love Has Joined Us Together", and "I'm Lonely... Read more
Published on September 3, 1999
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